Idiotarod 2010 – Get racing!

If you don’t know what the yearly Idiotaraod is, then the name should give you a hint. And what that doesn’t explain this video will:

OK, that explains very little except that this race involves shopping carts, costumes and dodge ball.

Here are some of the rules (selected for their explanatory power or humor):

Each team consists of five racers and one shopping cart.

Any team wearing spandex is disqualified.

While the cart is moving during the race, four racers must be forward of the back wheels of the cart (the “sled dog”position) and one racer must be behind the cart (the “musher” position).

The Committee has sole discretion over all points awarded or deducted, prizes awarded, which prizes are being awarded, race rules, all laws of physics, what time it is, and what happened in the past, all of which are subject to change without notice.

Actual full rules here.

Mind you, those are from a website that pretends to tell you the route and suggests that:

You figure it out. Or maybe Google will help you. Click on “Get Directions” and select “By Shopping Cart”.

Links to photos down below.

And for the die hard fans of the bizarre annual mobile melee, here’s some intrigue – fabricated or not, it comes with top notch alt-theatre.

A “press conference” about selling management of the race from one barely known collective to another hardly ever heard of organization.

But if you actually want to know more about it, read it in the NY Times. They cover it in the appropriately anthropological journalistic manner.

Show up to the Socrates Sculpture Garden with a shopping cart (and preferably in costume) and $40 to register. What time? Not really sure, the site doesn’t seem concerned with punctuality, so if you show up drunk anytime in the AM that should do it.


Official site” for Idiotarod 2010.

Photos from past years on Flickr.

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2 Responses to “Idiotarod 2010 – Get racing!”

  1. Miss Conceived Says:

    You have fallen for some false information, disseminated by not one, but TWO different fake Danger Zone groups. Corporation X is managing the event. The start point has not been announced as yet. There will be NO entry fee this year. Instead, there will be a cover at the after party.


    Email if you still want to try to get into the race.

    • absurddelight Says:

      EDITORS: We believe Miss Conceived above, and even if her comment above is also part of the hoaxish PR, then so be it. Email her your racing dreams! -Absurd Delight.

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